Canada’s complex energy system
broken down and explained!


"This publication, in its objectivity, fills an important void
in Canadian media and literature."

          - Bruce Orr, Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations
             Canadian Fuels Association (response to first edition)


What factors influence energy prices?
We’ll tell you!


“ excellent document – one that should be welcomed by a broad range of audiences,
from students, to new energy industry hires, to industry veterans who may require
a refresher on energy options and alternatives.”

          - John. P. Foden, President & CEO, PresterJohn Inc. (response to first edition)

Paperback: 271 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-919764-70-5
Dimensions: 23.3 x 2.2 x 21.8 cm

Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, 2nd Edition

This comprehensive resource is intended for the onboarding of new employees with energy-related roles, for educators and students at the high school or post-secondary level, for civil society and public sector employees, and for any citizen interested in furthering their understanding of how Canada’s energy system functions.

Peer-reviewed by a committee of nationally-recognized subject matter experts. Full of useful facts and figures and practical examples of how to optimize energy use in your own life.

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Begin your exploration of the resources, processes, policies and practices that power our society.

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  • Price includes HST.
  • Our e-learning platform based on the primer is under development – email us to receive updates.

What’s Inside

Chapter One:
Energy Systems: How They Work

Chapter Two:
Energy Amenities: What We Really Want

Chapter Three:
Energy Services: Energy In Our Everyday Lives

Chapter Four:
Useful Forms of Energy: Energy Commodities and Sources

Chapter Five:
Economic Dimensions of the Canadian Energy System

Chapter Six:
The Geography of Canada’s Energy Systems